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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Earliest MIM Jazz Basses? 92?

fretlessman71

United States

Michael Olson
Feb 12th, 2017 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi - forgive me if this topic has been discussed; I'm new here and just finding my way around.

There's a local pawn shop with a Fender Jazz Bass - it has the serial # that begins "MN2...", which tells me it's a 1992. However, below the words "JAZZ BASS", where it ought to say "Made In Mexico", there's nothing there. No evidence of it being removed, and really no room for it to have been there in the first place. What's the deal with this bass? Is it possibly rare? (It appears to be fiesta red, if that helps... )

I know the factory has been around since '87, and that P basses came from there in '91, but this is the earliest MIM Jazz I've seen. My googling/research has turned up almost nothing. A little help?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 13th, 2017 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You have an early one, no question. As to the earliest, I don't know.

What I am seeing in the marketplace is that Fender MIM guitars and basses have little real value right now as vintage instruments.

Put another way, very early MIM instruments have a small cult following, however, the earliest ones are not yet attracting enough interest as collectibles to push the prices up. This may change over the next five years.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 03:07 PM, Feb 13th, 2017)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 22nd, 2017 06:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My MIM P-bass has a serial number that begins with MN5. Conventional wisdom would say the bass is a 1995 because the first number of the serial is a 5.

Turns out, this isn't true. I pulled the neck on my bass yesterday and saw the body is stamped February 1997.

George

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